Our Morning Routine0
Ben has settled into the rhythm of heading off to junior kindergarten each morning. On that note, I have also got into the flow of our new routine and am patting myself on the back for handling the ‘up and at ’em’ mornings. I had gotten really used to our lazy mornings that stretched on and on. We puttered and lounged and I sipped coffee and didn’t rush to get the kids out of their pyjamas.
7:00 AM We are all awake and have a very short lounging session in my bed together. I make a french press of coffee and get the baby dressed first and then help Ben get ready too. I’ve started to pull out his clothes the night before so it is just one less thing for me to think about.
8:00 AM Ben is busy playing on the living room floor and I’m getting myself dressed and sipping coffee. By this point Ben is hollering at me to come and play with him. I’ve tried to take at least a 10 minute block to sit on the floor and play. Something I think is really important instead of me always yelling, ‘mama is busy! Not now!’…something I was doing too often.
8:30 AM The baby is in the stroller and Ben hops on his piggy back board with his back pack in place. He gets his own shoes on and needs a little bit of help getting his hoodie on. Milestones people!
8:35 AM We are successfully hitting the pavement and currently enjoying the very glorious Autumn that Vancouver is having. We stroll at a good pace along the seawall to the school and I often break a sweat. Now that we have preschool in the mornings we get to see all the parents herding their own children off to the local elementary school. Lots of other apartment mamas with their own broods of 1, 2 and even 3 apartment kids coming out of condos!
8:50 AM We are a bit early as I’m ALWAYS the first parent at Ben’s school. I just can’t help being early, it is in my blood. The same thing happens when I go to work and I’ve actually never been late.
9:00 AM Goodbye Ben! Off we go back home.
9:15 AM Josie is so excited to have the opportunity to play with some of Ben’s toys without him around. Today she dug into his wooden play food and was actually squealing with delight.
9:30 AM Josie has been awake for about 2 hours now and is ready for her first nap of the day. She is like a text book baby when it comes to most things. She is awake for 2 hours, naps, awake for 3 hours, naps, and then 4 hours later the girl is ready for bed. I’m digging a predictable baby, it is such a difference experience than when Ben was a baby and I didn’t know what was going on.
I’m already used to our morning routine and am loving that once the baby goes down for her nap, I’ve actually got a bit of time to myself. That might be me showering and doing my hair or doing a bunch of cleaning or prepping food for Josie. As of late it also includes making breakfast for me and my work at home husband. What a shock he will be in for when I go back to work this Winter!
So, tell me…what is vital for you to have a stress free morning? Share your tips with me!